Archive for Joseph Wolf

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: If You Don’t Wake Up Screaming You Won’t Wake Up at All! (March, 1985)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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“It was a series of articles in the LA Times; three small articles about men from South East Asia, who were from immigrant families and had died in the middle of nightmares — and the paper never correlated them, never said, ‘Hey, we’ve had another story like this.'”

                                                                  — Wes Craven

 
Those newspaper articles in question were about Cambodian refugees, who had fled from Pol Pot’s bloody and devastating Khmer Rouge, which makes for an oddly fitting double-feature in these ads with A Nightmare on Elm Street being paired with Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields. According to the stories, several men refused to sleep, citing overwhelming nightmares — and when they finally did, they apparently died in their sleep; the victims of acute heart failure. That’s right: they were literally scared to death by their dreams. Dubbed Asian Death Syndrome, this sudden, unexplained, and lethal phenomena were also attributed to a combination of Post-Traumatic Stress and a genetic disorder known as Brugada Syndrome, the leading cause of SUDS, kinda the adult version of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Combine that notion with a haunting pop song by Gary Wright and an old high school bully named Fred Krueger, and, well, here ya go.
 

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Smart Egg Pictures :: Media Home Entertainment :: New Line Cinema / EP: Stanley Dudelson, Joseph Wolf / P: Robert Shaye, Sara Risher / AP: John H. Burrows / D: Wes Craven / W: Wes Craven / C: Jacques Haitkin / E: Pat McMahon, Rick Shaine / M: Charles Bernstein / S: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Robert Englund

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: The Nightmare Isn’t Over! (October, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by WB Kelso

 
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In the good news / bad news department, it appears the Conestoga 4 may FINALLY be breaking out its creative rut, ad wise, just not for our targeted movie this round. Anyways, Halloween II is the kind of sequel you get when ya combine the writers and producers who weren’t all that interested to begin with with a case of beer and typewriter. Yeah, even though most of the players behind the original Halloween return for the sequel, instigated by Dino de Laurentiis, who guaranteed them all a profit upfront, the end result fails to recapture the magic of the original and shows all the earmarks of those paychecks already having cleared before a camera even rolled. Personally, I love and champion the original Halloween, but I am not a fan of the franchise it spawned at all. And it’s a dogfight between this franchise and the JAWS franchise as to which sequels did more damage to the films that spawned them.
 
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Halloween II (1981) De Laurentiis :: Universal Pictures / EP: Joseph Wolf, Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad, Dino De Laurentiis / P: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / D: Rick Rosenthal / W: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / C: Dean Cundey / E: Mark Goldblatt, Skip Schoolnik / M: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth / S: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Lance Guest, Charles Cyphers, Leo Rossi, Tawny Moyer

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Pray for Day! (September, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Having already survived the majority of Hell Week, four pledges have one more test to pass before getting initiated: they all must spend the night at the allegedly haunted Garth mansion, where old man Garth slaughtered his entire family — save for his youngest son, who, according to local lore, still roams the halls and gets a little cranky whenever trespassers come a’callin’. Now, I heartily concur with most assessments of Hell Night: a competent Stalk ‘n’ Slasher buoyed by a solid cast and some inspired set designs and cinematography. And on the surface it does remind one of an old Herman Cohen or William Castle fright flick mashed up with some modern day body count sensibilities. And even if it was, according to some sources, a no-frills quickie producer Yablans threw together to raise money for Halloween II, the film is an overall tasty treat that probably won’t bring you back for seconds but will definitely leave you satiated.
 
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Hell Night (1981) BLT Productions :: Media Home Entertainment :: Compass International Pictures / EP: Chuck Russell, Joseph Wolf / P: Bruce Cohn Curtis, Mark L. Rosen, Irwin Yablans / D: Tom DeSimone / W: Randy Feldman / C: Mac Ahlberg / E: Anthony DiMarco / M: Dan Wyman / S: Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Jenny Neumann, Peter Barton